MARCH 2-3, 2020  /  GRAND HYATT SEATTLE

Matt Oppenheimer

Co-Founder &

Chief Executive Officer

Remitly

Matt Oppenheimer is the co-founder and CEO of international online money transfer company Remitly. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, Matt began developing the idea to take the traditionally offline business of remittances online while working as Head of Mobile and Internet Banking Initiatives for Barclays Bank in Kenya. Since Remitly’s founding in 2011, the company has attracted more than $300m of investment and sends more than $6bn in customer transfers annually. 

The inspiration behind Remitly came when Matt was working for Barclays in Kenya and saw how difficult it was to send and receive money overseas. Matt was drawn to the global impact his business could have: remittances eclipse foreign aid in improving global wealth equality and give people who receive them upward mobility. He began working on the problem immediately as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Highway 12 Ventures in Idaho and launched the company from Techstars in Seattle. Matt was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree for his work with Remitly. He holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College. 

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